Episode 15: How to Make Realistic Scenes with Street Drugs and Pharmaceuticals: THE GRIM READER by Miffie Seideman

Way-Word Writers Podcast

Apr 15 2024 • 41 mins

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In this episode of Way-Word Writers, co-hosts Heather Cashman and Nicki Jacobsmeyer introduce Miffie Seideman, a former newborn ICU pharmacist turned author, who combines her extensive knowledge of drugs with her passion for writing. Seideman shares insights from her novel, 'The Grim Reader: A Pharmacist's Guide to Putting Your Characters in Peril', which helps writers incorporate accurate pharmacological details into their work. She discusses the evolution of her book, the common drug myths in literature and film, and the importance of accuracy for realism in storytelling. Seideman also highlights the potential for pharmacology to enhance narratives in genres like science fiction and fantasy. Tips on researching and consulting professionals for drug-related scenes are provided alongside the impact correct representations can have on public perceptions of drugs. The discussion extends to ethical considerations in writing about drugs and the potential of Seideman's book as a resource for crafting realistic and engaging stories involving pharmacology.

00:00 Welcome to Way-word Writers: Introducing Miffy Seideman
01:35 The Genesis of 'The Grim Reader': Bridging Pharmacology and Fiction
03:00 Debunking Drug Myths in Fiction: A Pharmacist's Insight
12:30 Navigating the Ethical Minefield: Writing About Drugs Responsibly
22:11 Unlocking the Craft: Writing Realistic Drug Scenes
24:41 Future Editions: Expanding the Grim Reader
28:01 Advice for Aspiring Authors: Crafting Authentic Scenes
29:46 The Impact of Accurate Drug Portrayals in Literature

The Grim Reader: A Pharmacist's Guide to Putting Your Characters in Peril by Miffie Seideman

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